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Interlude (1965) (1968)

Alan Webb , Oskar Werner , Kevin Billington  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Alan Webb, Oskar Werner, Barbara Ferris, Nora Swinburne, Virginia Maskell
  • Directors: Kevin Billington
  • Producers: David Deutsch
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: SPE
  • DVD Release Date: March 6, 2012
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0074JOVGY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,186 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Oskar Werner stars as a world famous symphony conductor who is attracted to a lovely young journalist (Barbara Ferris), despite the difference in their ages and the fact that he is married. Increasingly distracted from his work, Werner discover's the affair heads only to disaster.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Ignored Classic That's Worth Rediscovering March 9, 2012
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When this film came out, romance classics were still being made. This film was a remake of the original movie, "Interlude" which starred Rossano Brazzi and June Allyson. That film was a remake of "Intermezzo" which starred Leslie Howard and Ingrid Bergman.

The story line centers around a domestic love triangle which includes a self-absorbed, yet loving, symphony conductor (Oskar Werner), a proper lady, well schooled and self-sacrificing wife (Virginia Haskell) and a free-spirited journalist who represents the Swinging London of the 1960s (Barbara Ferris).

I won't go too much into plot, because it is all pretty basic. But this film is also worth getting because of the notable early performances of a very funny (mid Python days) John Cleese and a slightly-smarmy, but effective friend of the conductor, Donald Sutherland.

Also, the soundtrack by the late, great George Delereau (who did the scores for Jules and Jim and so many other fine films) weaves through the movie beautifully along with the real classical scores by Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Mozart and others.

In fact, the scenes where Oskar Werner conducts the London Symphony in the Royal Albert Hall is some of the best ever done. Werner clearly knew his way around a baton, and embodied all the mannerisms and traits we expect from dynamic symphony conductors.

Werner and Haskell are both amazing in their respective roles. Ferris is not a strong enough actress here to be able to hold her own with the rest of the cast. As a result, one leaves the film wondering what it was exactly that made this woman so compelling that a relatively happily married man was willing to leave his wife for her.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful film. March 20, 2012
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This is indeed a first rate love story. One of the best ever. It has beautiful photography, some of the world's most beautiful music, played by the London Philharmonic, [or is it Symphony?], excellent acting [you might even call it non-acting, it seems so natural] and ------ are you ready for this?----- it is in WIDESCREEN! The aspect ratio of this DVD is 2.35.1 and NOT 1.33.1, as advertised on amazon. I nearly jumped for joy when the Columbia Lady with the torch come on and covered my whole screen! The print is clear and clean. Nothing like the murky copies [of copies, of copies] that have been floating about for years and of which I have two, just like the previous reviewer. No comparison. This is THE REAL THING! Thank you Sony Entertainment. It is much appreciated.
The only weak link in the film is Barbara Ferris. Her voice is terrible and her nose likewise. I would have much preferred to see someone like Julie Christie in the role. Still, one gets used to Ferris and she is even quite touching in some scenes. Oskar Werner more than makes up for her inadequacies. Incidentally, he said in an interview that he studied "being a conductor" by watching videos of Herbert von Karajan and took it from there. If you are familiar with Karajan you will see the resemblance.
So, go ahead all you movie lovers who have been clamouring for a DVD release of this film on Imdb, here it is. Go ahead, buy it. It is well worth it. [And THEN some].
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally on a DVD! April 11, 2012
By GiGi
I first fell in love with Oskar Werner when I saw Ship of Fools in 1965. He was my mom's favorite actor. We rushed to the theater to see Interlude (Oskar in a love triangle!!) when it was released in 1968 and loved the movie and the amazing music by Georges Delerue and some of the greatest composers ever to live. Werner did a fabulous job playing Stefan Zelter, an orchestra conductor/married man having an affair with a younger woman. The late Virginia Maskell was wonderful as his gracious wife, Antonia. Barbara Ferris as Sally, a young reporter and Werner's love interest, was OK but I do believe they needed someone more dynamic in that role. Also, watch out for young actors Sir Derek Jacobi, John Cleese and Donald Sutherland. Through the years, I would always scan tv schedules, hoping to see this movie listed but it rarely was. I finally found a copy someone had videotaped from tv and bought that. I am so thrilled to find this version, after so many years. The late Timi Yuro's versions of Interlude (Time) are here on amazon on her cd called The Voice That Got Away. Like Timi, I prefer the other version, not the one used in the movie. Both the song and the movie remain favorites to this day.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Obscured Timeless Classic (1968) December 10, 2012
Time does indeed fly! This obscured timeless classic is finally available through DVD which is truly deserved for Blu-ray and soundtrack CD as well.

At the age of 10, I was curiously captured by the unique voice of title song via pop songs chart in my homeland. When I looked back after all these years, it's very strange and funny why such classic theme song with score was not even nominated in both Oscars and BAFTA in 1968/69? Who's mistake?

I saw the film with teenage classmates in 70's and of course, I didn't have much resonance about triangle love except the impressive background music. Somehow my good friend sent me a VHS tape in 80's as birthday gift. Like wine, I started to enjoy the movie more and more every time I played. The very positive and fine reviews are posted here in Amazon. All the castings are terrific and no doubt to the brilliant Austrian actor Oskar Werner who's the personal favorite of new wave director Francois Truffaut. Coincidentally Werner passed away on October 23, 1984 two days later than his mentor Truffaut!

Honestly speaking, I bought this new SONY copy because of the original score (not the classical music) by the unsung hero Mozart of Cinema Georges Delerue (1925-1992). Smart director Billington should be also credit for hiring such gifted composer in refining his tender work. It's quite rare to see the full music version accompany in the movie and Delerue demonstrates his heartbreaking music throughout the film: "Opening & ending; plus 1) Interlude Triangle (4:15) - Ferris invites Werner go into her apartment and then they have intimate touch; 2) Must It Happen Once To Everyone?(3:17) - During one of their dating, Ferris asked Werner: you must be in love with her, otherwise why married?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars good transaction
what I expected
Published 1 month ago by lchamp
5.0 out of 5 stars Time is Like a Dream.....
The movie was found because of Gerorge Deleure's (a French) alluring soundtrack composition and Yuri Tomo's (an Italian) magical voice in the main theme "Time is like a Dream". Read more
Published 3 months ago by Hung Cheuk Man, Lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars Interlude
The first time I saw this movie was in 1968 - it tugged at my heart then and after watching it again 46 years later it still holds up. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Cynthia A. Luzon
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you, thank you.
I saw this movie in 1965 just as I graduated high school with my best friend from high school. We are still great friends and neither of us have ever forgotten this movie. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sandra Wehrly
5.0 out of 5 stars Great old film
I remember seeing this movie back in 1969 in Lucerne, Switzerland.
It was called "Swischenspiel". It has aged beautifully. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Karin in the mountains
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and subtle telling of a love story
First viewing was so compelling that I watched twice more within two weeks. Once did not do it justice, even for me who has been an Oskar Werner fan since a teenager. Read more
Published 6 months ago by JAS
5.0 out of 5 stars all time favorite!
I have loved this movie for 30 years since I first saw it. The theme song is so very haunting
Published 6 months ago by Marcia
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable love story!
This is a timeless love story. Beautiful setting. Wonderful actors, especially Oskar Werner and Virginia Maskell. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Avid Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Interlude is a beautifully written story of real life.
Poignant, very true to life, this love story is the way life happens and I am pleased to have the enjoyed the journey.
Published 8 months ago by A. K. Belmont
3.0 out of 5 stars Memories..
It was a movie seen in college days with, someone who was very important to me, who has since passed on. Read more
Published 9 months ago by James P. OFlaherty
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